Mesmerising Magnolias

On Tuesdays I spend the day gardening in a wonderful garden that sits at the top of gently inclining hill and is surrounded by farm land. The garden is around one and half acres and has numerous and very large beds in which grow a tremendous variety of plants, including many very large shrubs which are impressive in their scale.  I am particularly looking forward to the Autumn when Euonymous alatus will be a mass of fiery red foliage, though there is of course plenty of interest now and to come in the months ahead.

Today I noticed that since last Tuesday the Magnolias have suddenly burst into life; there are four in different parts of the garden, once of which is particularly large and impressive.  I am not enirely sure of the species or varieties but have given my best guess:

The first two shots (not great as taken in the middle of the day!) of the grand old tree show what I think is Magnolia x soulangeana.

The following two pictures show what I believe to be two varieties of Magnolia stellata.  The first is possibly ‘Waterlily’ [Update 24th April 2012: I have since discovered that the first of these is infact Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel] and the second ‘Centennial’, though this is just a guess and may be entirely wrong!

In the garden at home I noticed that the Osmanthus delavayi was a mass of frothy, delicate, scented white flowers. I do like this plant, its arching branches and evergreen glossy foliage are graceful and delicate.

And to finish, A shot looking across some of the many roses at Perryhill Nursery (where I also work a couple of days a week (there are not enough days in the week for all this working!!) as the day draws to an end.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Lovely, Magnolias are so delicate and somehow romantic. But actually nice to see and enjoy them in someone else’s garden as they are so short lived bloomwise,

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  2. Stunning. There is only one magnolia at the Priory – a stellata (I have no idea which), but it is not in flower yet. Looks like you’ve found a lovely garden to work in Jason. Good for you! D

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  3. They are so ethereal and other worldly like, but they just don’t last long enough do they? 😦

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  4. I like the Magnolia – lots. The structure of the branches and trunk add such great interest to your photo. Jack

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